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Top Tips For Keeping Healthy This Year: Part 2

3. Diet (continued). Foods that can give you energy and help your circulation include fruit and vegetables, whole grains and goods oils such as olive oil, flax seed, fish oils and coconut oil. Incorporating more fruits, vegetables, legumes, nuts and lentils in your diet will also help you to lose some extra weight and benefit your immune system. Red meat and fats from fried and junk food also produce free radicals in our body. These free radicals have been linked with causing a number of diseases such as diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis and cancer. Cutting down on fizzy drinks is also a must in your new health plan. These drinks are full of sugar and regular intake can be harmful to general health. The sugar free versions of these drinks are actually more harmful, as the artificial sweeteners have been linked with a host of illnesses such as osteoporosis and digestive problems. Water has many health benefits. You should aim for 8 glasses a day (1-1.5 litres). It is important to remember that water is also present in fruit juices, salads and certain fruits. Fluid intake is a must for a healthy body. A good way to start you day is to have hot water with lemon and ginger. This healthy drink has the benefit of boosting immunity and stimulating your liver to kick start the detox process. 4. Health Supplements. You can easily include some health supplements as part of your daily routine to improve your immunity and general health.  The number one supplement that I would recommend is a good quality probiotic. This will provide you with essential good bacteria, which is required for a healthy digestive system. Probiotics also help to support and boost the immune system. You can take the probiotics throughout the winter months to aide digestion as well as help fight the winter bugs. Essential fatty acids from either fish oils or flax seed oil is another food supplement that will help your general health. These essential oils are required for a healthy cardiovascular system, brain function and they are excellent at reducing inflammation in the body. These fatty acids also help to maintain healthy joints. Antioxidants are required to “mop up” the free radicals that...

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Can homeopathy help with flu prevention?

Homeopathy may be able to play a role in preventing seasonal flu by helping to support the immune system. There are a number of remedies that can be taken to support the immune system at this time of the year, although the most effective form of treatment is to consult a professional homeopath and have constitutional treatment. This is given in the form of a homeopathic remedy that is specific to the individual’s personality and general health. The homeopathic remedy Anas Barb 200c  and Aconite 200c should be taken at the first sign of a cold, as it can act as a preventative. It is important to take this remedy at the earliest possible stage for maximum benefit so therefore it is important to have this remedy on stand-by. This natural remedy is extremely safe and can be taken by the whole family. Several homeopathic pharmacies also make specific remedies to help prevent colds and flu’s. These are normally based on the current strains of flu that are in circulation over the season. For more information on these remedies, please contact the specialist homeopathic pharmacies. Influenzinum is a homeopathic remedy that is added to many flu prevention combinations. This remedy has also recently been included as part the flu prevention vaccination programme in Canada. If you found our article “can homeopathy help with flu prevention” useful, please rate it above.   Homeopathic remedies have not undergone stringent clinical trials, so we cannot make any claims for their effectiveness against flu prevention. The information in this article is only recommended as a guide to various homeopathic remedies that are available. Please consult your GP or pharmacist to discuss further treatment...

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How to keep your bones healthy

How to keep your bones healthy

Osteoporosis is a degenerative illness of the bones that is becoming more common than before, affecting more than 2 million people in the U.K. This condition causes the bones to become weaker and increases the risk of fracture, especially in old age. But how should we keep our bones healthy? There are a number of reasons for this, ranging from poor diet, lack of regular exercise, family history through to side effects of medication. Women generally have a higher risk of developing osteoporosis than men. One in three women and one in twenty men are affected by this condition. This is partly due to the fact that women generally have smaller bones than men and during menopause, the ovaries stop producing oestrogen, which helps to protect the bones. Several medications can cause osteoporosis or weaker bones. The long term use of steroids, such as prednisolone and beclomethasone can increase your risk of developing osteoporosis. Medications such as omeprazole and lansoprazole, which are used to lower stomach acid, have been reported to decrease levels of calcium. There is some good news! Osteoporosis is a condition that can be easily prevented and managed. Although this does require you to do some work! Your diet is very important in keeping your bones and joints healthy. Eating the correct foods (and avoiding the bad foods) can really make a big difference. Excess alcohol, salt, sugar and caffeine consumption can all lead to lower calcium levels.  Taking the correct supplements and regular exercise also helps to strengthen your bones and joints. Regular exercise helps to strengthen the bones and joints and can help to prevent osteoporosis in later life. While cardiovascular exercise such as running or jogging is important, weight bearing exercises like weight training are essential for keeping your joints and bones strong and healthy. High doses of calcium supplements are not the answer to treating osteoporosis. Calcium supplements that are prescribed by G.P’s have been linked with an increased risk of heart attacks in a study published in the British Medical Journal. While calcium is important, other minerals such as magnesium, boron, and zinc also play an important role in bone health. Homeopathic remedies can also help your body to absorb calcium...

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Quit smoking for Stoptober with Homeopathy

With Stoptober now in full swing, there are various options available for quitting the habit. Most people who have tried to quit smoking will testify that it is one of the hardest challenges of their life. It is virtually impossible to quit unless you really want to. So this is the first question you need to ask yourself. If the answer is yes, then why not quit smoking for Stoptober with homeopathy? As most people are now aware, smoking is linked with various diseases and illnesses, so it is definitely in your best interests to give up this habit.  Whilst the over the counter nicotine replacement therapies (NRT), such as chewing gum, patches and lozenges, provide some support there are still many smokers who quit the programmes and revert back to the habit. The electric cigarette market is currently booming, but most types have very high doses of nicotine, which is very addictive. There are some very good homeopathic remedies that have can help to break the smoking habit. Homeopathy provides a different type of support, which helps with both the physical craving of nicotine and the general addiction of smoking. The homeopathic support for smokers consists of natural remedies that are safe and free from side effects and can be tailored to the individual. These remedies are not addictive and can be taken alongside other medications. The following homeopathic remedies will help with the different aspects of helping to quit the smoking habit. It’s better to keep a range of remedies as this will help deal with situations as they arise. Remedies Tabacum is a natural remedy that can help to reduce the smoking craving. The ideal dose is one tablet three times a day and when the craving is bad. This is a remedy that is actually made from tobacco leaves, but following in the principles of homeopathy (like treats like), it forms an ideal remedy for smoking cessation. One of the main principles of homeopathy is that a substance that can cause symptoms when given in excess can be taken to cure those symptoms when given in a smaller dose. This homeopathic remedy should be taken in the 6C potency over a period of a few months...

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Natural Supplement Reduces Wrinkles

The Sunday Times has reported that scientists have for the first time produced a pill that clinically slows down ageing by reducing wrinkles. So can natural supplements for wrinkles really help? Independent testing has found that the oral supplement which contains plant compounds and vitamins reduced the depth of crow’s feet wrinkles on the face by 10 per cent. The supplement is thought to work by increasing the production of collagen, which is a key component in keeping the skin elastic and healthy. This new research could provide a genuine alternative to Botox injections. The ingredients of this supplement were not very surprising however. Nutritionists and natural health professionals have been promoting the use of antioxidants and omega 3 oils for many years. This new supplement contains lycopene, vitamin C, vitamin E and omega 3 essential fatty acids. These are nutrients that have been known to promote healthy skin and also have strong antioxidant properties which help to slow down premature ageing. The study was conducted on a test group of 53 women, and a control group who took a placebo pill. The report concluded a 10 per cent reduction in wrinkle depth in the test group compared to the control group. Further analysis also found increased levels of collagen. As good as these results are, a healthy lifestyle is as important (if not more) than taking any supplement. A balanced diet with plenty of colourful fruit and vegetables can boost levels of antioxidants. Drinking up to 8 glasses of water a day can reduce the effects of dehydration on the skin. Regular exercise and good quality sleep also aide the anti-ageing process. Reducing alcohol intake and cutting out smoking will also have a dramatic effect on the quality of your skin....

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Homeopathy Under Attack (Again)!

It seems that Homeopathy needs to be attacked from the medical establishment periodically. The latest attack occurred on the 10th April 2013. This seems to be a calculated attack as it coincides with the start of homeopathy awareness week. Ironically, this is great timing for the homeopathy industry as it shines more light on this natural complementary treatment. The latest criticism is lead by Professor Sir John Beddington, who accused the Government for ignoring his advice against the use of homeopathic remedies by GP’s and NHS hospitals. There are currently only three homeopathic hospitals in the UK – London, Bristol and Glasgow. The current annual spend on homeopathic remedies and treatments is in the region of £4 million. The NHS’s annual budget in 2011/12 was approximately £106 million. Financial figures from 2006 revealed that the NHS spent £2bn on treating patients who had suffered adverse effects from medicines that had passed the gold standard double blind clinical trials. The efficacy of homeopathy has been demonstrated on many clinical trials, so the suggestion that this form of complementary medicine is untested and likening it to witchcraft is highly inaccurate. Homeopathy is a system of medicine that is used successfully around the world. It has been available on the NHS for over 65 years. There is no doubt that homeopathy polarises opinion. Many people that are passionate about homeopathy have had positive experiences, whereas those people who are vehemently against the use of homeopathy cannot comprehend how the remedies can work. This debate is one that will go on and on, but the accusation of a placebo effect seems quite farfetched as babies and animals have also been successfully treated with homeopathic remedies. Maybe it is the not knowing of how these simple remedies can work, which is threatening number of medics and scientists? The popularity of homeopathy is as strong as ever with more people looking for alternatives to conventional medicines.  It is estimated that 6 to 10 million people in the UK have either used or regularly use homeopathic remedies. Homeopathy works on the principle that “like cures like”. An illness is treated with a substance (in a highly diluted and succussed form), which could produce similar symptoms in...

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Natural remedies for travel sickness

Travel sickness is very common in all age groups, so let us explain some great natural remedies for travel sickness. Ginger. This can be taken as a capsule or chewed in the crystalised form. Ginger is an excellent remedy for nausea and stomach upsets. These should ideally be started a few hours before the journey to be of maximum benefit. Rescue Remedy or Ainsworths Recovery Remedy can be taken if you feel anxious and nervous. This can be taken throughout the journey at regular intervals. There are also some homeopathic remedies that can be taken to prevent travel sickness. They should be taken in the 30c potency, starting an hour before the journey, and thereafter every two hours during the journey. One dose can then be taken after the journey. These natural remedies can be taken safely by young children, and will not interact with any prescribed medication you may be on. Cocculus. This is the main remedy for travel sickness and should be included in all prevention regimes. Petroleum. This remedy is indicated if the dizziness is made worse by loud noise or sitting up. Aconite should be taken if the person feels anxious and is afraid. Tabacum. This homeopathic remedy should be taken for nausea, giddiness, and faintness. Nux Vomica is a good remedy if the travel sickness is accompanied with a headache and the person has a headache which is made worse by the smell of coffee or...

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Clinical Results of Homeopathy

Homeopathy periodically receives negative press, usually from various scientific groups and the huge pharmaceutical companies. A lot of the negative press revolves around homeopathy not proving effective in clinical trials. There have been a number of clinical trials which actually show homeopathy to be effective. A study conducted at the Bristol Homeopathic Hospital involved 6,500 patients who attended over 23,000 times over a six year period. The results showed that 70% of follow-up patients reported an improvement in health. 50% of these people reported a major improvement. The conditions that reported the best results were childhood eczema and asthma, IBS (irritable bowel syndrome), menopausal problems and migraines in adults. The Royal London Homeopathic Hospital (Royal London Hospital for Integrated Medicine) conducted a survey on 500 patients, indicated that many patients were able to stop or reduce their conventional medication following homeopathic treatment. The percentage of this effect varied between the diagnoses. For example, for skin complaints, 72% of patients reported that they were able to stop or reduce their conventional medication. These results indicate that homeopathy can play a very important role in general health care. Homeopathy offers an effective and inexpensive addition to the treatment options that are available to...

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Homeopathic treatments for cold sores

Cold sores are caused by the herpes simplex 1 virus, and unfortunately once you have this virus, it always stays with you. This virus does however stay dormant in the body and only reactivates itself when you become run down, stressed, have a fever or are exposed to the sun. Read more to learn about cold sores homeopathy… Eruptions usually occur on or around the mouth and cause a blister which weeps then becomes crusted over. These eruptions normally clear up after 5 to 7 days. There is often a tingling or itchy sensation before the cold sore fully develops. This is the most effective time to start treatment, but homeopathic remedies can still work after the cold sore has erupted. The following homeopathic remedies should be taken in the 30c potency, four times a day for up to 5 days.  If there is no change after two days, you may need to take another homeopathic remedy. These homeopathic remedies can help to speed up recovery from an outbreak, but you should consider consulting a homeopath for constitutional treatment for a more thorough solution. Nat Mur should be taken if the cold sore occurs in the middle of the lower lip. An indication for this remedy is a dry mouth and dry lips. The person may also crave salty foods and the symptoms will be better in the open air. Rhus Tox is for cold sore eruptions that occur at the corners of the mouth or on the chin. The eruption will cause burning and itching and will be red and swollen. The symptoms are better for warm applications and the person may be restless. This remedy is for cold sore’s that are worse in open air and which are caused by overexertion. Capsicum should be taken for cold sore’s that occur on at the corners of the mouth and cause burning.  The person may also have burning blisters on the tongue and their breath may be smelly. Arse Alb can be taken for cold sore’s that cause extreme burning and itching. The person may be very restless and anxious. The symptoms are usually better for warmth and heat, and the person will be thirsty for small sips. Graphites should...

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Homeopathy: Health and Illness

Homeopathy regards health and illness as processes rather than states. As a result the information taken about a patient in a consultation is oriented on understanding how the whole of the patient’s health has changed. At first this involves learning how the symptoms have developed and are developing, but subsequently it involves identifying whether treatment is changing the direction of this process to a curative one. Dr. Samuel Hahnemann (1755-1843), the discoverer of the principles of homeopathy, recognised the main features of these processes, though it was Dr. Constantine Hering (1800-1880) who went on to formulate the ‘law of cure’, which can be stated as follows: In recovery symptoms move from the more vital organs to the less vital, from the interior of the body to the exterior, from the higher parts to the lower, and reappear in the reverse order from that in which they appeared. This is still the guiding framework used by homeopaths in order to understand the process of illness and recovery. Orthodox medicine does not appear to have such a framework for relating changes in symptoms to a general view of health and...

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